By Julia Crumpleman
With New Romford still recuperating from the Dino-Day Disaster, I debated when I’d return to doing this column. After all, there are much more pressing things to do, but that hasn’t stopped readers from sending me questions. For any questions regarding the clean-up and recovery effort, please contact your local authorities and crisis management office. They will be able to help you.
Then it occurred to me that if I could provide some light distraction from our recent plight, why not do it? So I picked one of the lighter questions and got a surprisingly pleasant response. This question comes from Aaron in Carterson:
Hey Julia, I was wondering what happened to Professor Gator at NRU? Did he change into a dinosaur too?
Aaron, I’m glad you asked because I hadn’t thought of it until now! Furthermore, I wonder what happened to our extraterrestrial citizens. They aren’t from Earth and would have no connection to dinosaurs. Perhaps we’ll find out in time, but for now, I got the pleasure to speak with Professor Alan Guinness, a.k.a. “The Gator” or “Professor Gator”, about his experience. Here’s what he had to say:
Oh, ho ho, no I didn’t turn into a dinosaur, at least not what most people would think of when you say dinosaur. I actually turned into an ancient version of an alligator. From the best I could tell, I turned into a Deinosuchus riograndensis, basically a giant old alligator from the Cretaceous period. I tripled in size, so I was about 30-35 feet long, and I wasn’t able to walk on two legs.
It was a unique experience to say the least. I was in my lab, which, thankfully, can hold a 30-foot long creature without much damage. I was able to crawl out the door to see what was happening, but I really wasn’t able to do much other than destroy things with my tail by accident. It was such a cumbersome thing.
Thankfully, not much happened at my part of the campus. The Dino Army wasn’t interested in us, apparently, so some of the professors and I kept the students together and took time studying ourselves. I mean, how often do you get to study living, breathing dinosaurs up close and literally in person? Once we got some food in us, we had a grand old time. We gathered so much information on how dinosaurs walk, eat, and live. I only wish we had hands so we could’ve written it all down, but we did the best we could.
There you have it, Aaron! I’m glad that someone was able to find something positive about the DDD, and Professor Guinness is just the alligator to do it.